MAINE

RISS Center- NESPIN

Maine Leadership for NESPIN

In addition to federal monitoring, NESPIN is governed by a policy board composed of one state and one local representative from each member state. In Maine, these leadership positions are held by the following NESPIN members:

Colonel Robert Williams
Maine State Police
45 Commerce Drive, SHS #104
Augusta, ME 04333
(207) 626-3805
robert.a.williams@maine.gov

Chief Phillip Crowell
Auburn Police Department
60 Court Street
Auburn, ME 04210
(207) 784-7332
pcrowell@auburnmaine.gov

The Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS) mission is to assist local, state, federal, and tribal criminal justice agencies by providing adaptive solutions and services that facilitate information sharing, support criminal investigations, and promote officer safety.

The New England State Police Information Network (NESPIN), one of six RISS Centers, began providing services to its regional member agencies in 1980. NESPIN’s region consists of:

• Connecticut
• Maine
• Massachusetts
• New Hampshire
• Rhode Island
• Vermont
• Eastern and Maritime Canada

Since 1980, the number of criminal justice agencies benefiting from NESPIN services has grown to more than 973 agencies.

www.riss.net/Impact

NESPIN/RISS Initiatives
As threats to our nation continue to emerge, law enforcement at all levels of government must have the ability to quickly and securely access critical information and intelligence. RISS is an innovator and leader in providing this capability. Examples of RISS’s efforts include:

RISS Support for Narcotics (Including Opioid) Investigations: RISS has been named as an important partner in the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. RISS is one of the key field-based information sharing, analytic, and investigative entities that leverage this capability to enable interjurisdictional and multidisciplinary information sharing and facilitate collaboration among federal, state, and local public safety partners to address both local and nationwide threats.

Identifying the Impostor: In collaboration with a police officer from the Saugus, Massachusetts, Police Department, NESPIN has been providing space and assistance for his training course “Identifying the Impostor” for almost two years, reaching more than 800 attendees. The focus of the course is on foreign national impostors using stolen identities of U.S. citizens to live and commit various criminal offenses in the New England area, particularly narcotics trafficking.

Partnerships:

    • New England Organized Retail Crime Alliance (NEORCA)–Driven by the six New
      England State Retail Associations, NEORCA is a group of retailers and law enforcement
      personnel who have partnered together to reduce property crimes, keep shoppers safer,
      and lessen their chances of becoming victims.
    • Scrap Metal Industry–Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) has worked to
      be a part of the solution to the problem of metal theft. It helps police, communities, and
      the industry. ISRI has developed www.ScrapTheftAlert.com, a new online theft reporting
      system available to law enforcement and recyclers, free of charge.

Officer Safety:

    • Surviving the Unthinkable–Law Enforcement Officer Safety–Promotes the
      importance of police departments having a plan to take care of officers who are severely
      injured in the line of duty and are forced to cut their careers short.
    • Mental Health First Aid for Law Enforcement–A program taught to police officers
      that provides officers with more response options to help them de-escalate incidents and
      better understand mental illnesses so that they can respond to mental health-related calls
      appropriately without compromising safety.
    • Event Deconfliction–NESPIN has taken an active role in promoting deconfliction in New
      England. The three nationally recognized event deconfliction systems are Case Explorer,
      RISSafe, and SAFETNet.

Waterville Police Department
Equipment Services

While Waterville Police Department officers were using a NESPIN van for narcotics surveillance, the city experienced an armed robbery, and the van was pulled off to surveil the robbery suspect’s home. This surveillance enabled the officers to gain usable intelligence that led to a felony stop of the suspect’s vehicle. At that point, two suspects were arrested and information was used to obtain a search warrant of the third suspect’s residence in another city. That third arrest was made, and considerable evidence was recovered, including the firearm used in the robbery and a stolen vehicle from New Hampshire.

Biddeford Police Department
RISSProp Services

A detective with the Biddeford Police Department was investigating the burglary of an apartment and the theft of a gaming console. After submitting a query in RISSProp, a hit was returned that provided the location of the stolen item at a local pawnshop. The detective was able to identify the individual, who later confessed to stealing it. In addition, the detective found—in RISSProp—that the same suspect had also sold multiple jewelry items that were not yet reported as being stolen. Further investigation revealed that the suspect had stolen the jewelry from his mother.

In FY2017—

139 Member Agencies
3,020 Sworn Personnel Served
484 Officers from 204 Agencies Attended Trainings for a Total of 1,948 Hours
16,341,336 RISS Property and Recovery Tracking System (RISSProp) Total Records and 591,450 RISSProp Inquiries
5 Analytical Requests Totaling 31 Products Delivered
5 Equipment Loans
415 Total Requests for Research/Assistance and 1,661 Investigative Database Searches

Sanford Police Department
Equipment Services

Detectives with the Sanford Police Department and agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration utilized a NESPIN van to conduct surveillance of multiple drug trafficking suspects in the Sanford area. Information obtained is being used to justify arrest warrants for three suspects. Arrests are currently pending.

Oxford Police Department
RISSProp Services

The Oxford Police Department was investigating the theft of multiple pieces of large yard care equipment from several dealers in its jurisdiction. The officers queried the missing property in RISSProp and received hits on the items from a pawnshop located about an hour south of Oxford. The property has been recovered, and an arrest is pending.

Testimonials

“RISSProp is an outstanding tool for Maine law enforcement.”

—Detective Steve Borst Kennebunkport Police Department

“The NESPIN surveillance van paid off big for us in this case. It was a great resource.”

——Sergeant Lincoln Ryder Waterville Police Department

“The NESPIN van worked beautifully for us. We were able to conduct our surveillance at close range and collect considerable evidence.”

——Sergeant Peter Mador Maine Drug Enforcement Agency

“I use the RISSProp database several times a day. It is an excellent and very helpful tool for us.”

—Detective Robert Perkins Biddeford Police Department

“RISSProp worked great for us and allowed us to quickly recover the stolen property.”

—Lieutenant Michael Ward Paris Police Department